Bulgaria MPs Consider Reactivation of Units 3, 4 of Kozloduy NPP
13 January 2009, Tuesday
In the next few days the Members of the Bulgarian Parliament (MPs) from the Energy Commission must issue a joined decision about the eventual reactivation of Units 3 and 4 of the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy", the Commission reported at the conclusion of their Tuesday meeting.
The opposition was adamant that the two Units in question were completely safe and complied with the European requirements.
I'm hoping that this is nothing more than "sabre rattling" and an example of the understandable desperation and frustration of the Bulgarian politicians in face of the present crisis.
As I understand it, Units 3 and 4 were shut down on safety grounds
by the EU as a condition of Bulgaria's accession.
So aside of the obvious safety concerns, reactivating these units could have a profound effect on Bulgaria's continued participation in the EU.
The most important thing right now is that the supply of gas is resumed as quickly as possible.
While the political squabbles between Russians and the Ukrainians continue, and it does appear that this has as much to do with political retributions as it does to do with the cost of gas, nonpayment, stealing gas etc., ordinary people in Bulgaria are freezing in sub zero temperatures, factories are closing, workers are being laid off, and in particular the elderly and the more vulnerable are facing the prospect of death from hypothermia.
Hopefully, the EU can continue to bang heads together and prevent Bulgaria, (and the rest of Europe) from being held hostage while this political point scoring goes on and on.